Nutrition Services - Pioneer Medical Center

Nutrition Services

Why see a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree, completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

There are also nutritionists who give nutrition advice, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition of a “nutritionist” varies, especially from state to state and in some states, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of their education and training.

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Clinic Outpatient Care

Licensed, registered dietitians can provide our patients with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a variety of topics including:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases: hypertension, dyslipidemia, congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational
  • Disease Prevention: general wellness
  • GI Disorders: celiac disease, cirrhosis, Crohn’s disease
  • Immunocompromised: food allergy, HIV/AIDS
  • Nutritional Support: oral, enteral, parenteral
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary Disease: COPD
  • Renal Disease: insufficiency, chronic failure, transplantation
  • Weight Management: overweight/obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders
  • Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia
  • Allergies

Talk with your doctor about medical nutrition therapy and ask for a referral for insurance purposes. Reimbursement by insurance for Medical Nutrition Therapy varies. Please call your individual insurance company to find out more about reimbursement.

Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity

A licensed, registered dietitian will work with you individually to achieve weight loss through behavior modification and lifestyle change. The program length is 6-12 months. The cost of this program is covered by Medicare and some insurance companies.


  • Must have a BMI of 30 or greater (for Medicare coverage)
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Healthy Living Program

If you’re ready to create new habits to improve your quality of life, our Healthy Living group classes may be right for you! Healthy Living is a 12-month structured lifestyle change program that focuses on healthy eating and physical activity to help individuals lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Classes meet once weekly for 6 months, then bi-monthly for the last 6 months. Pioneer Medical Center partners with the Montana Cardiovascular and Diabetes Prevention Program to offer this lifestyle change program.

Participants receive a free 6-month gym membership to The Firehouse Gym.

Cost: $100 (Covered by some Insurance Companies) – Cost is covered by PMC’s insurance provider


At least 18 years of age or older, overweight and have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-diabetic
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Gave birth to a baby over 9 pounds
  • On medication for blood pressure or cholesterol

Research has demonstrated that people who are at risk for diabetes can reduce their risk of developing or delaying type 2 diabetes up to 58% if they lose at least 5% of their body weight and maintain an active lifestyle. To be successful, participants must be ready to change and be willing to keep detailed food and activity records and work up to 150 minutes of activity per week.